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Clues sought after man goes outside for smoke, never returns

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An elderly Korean War veteran disappeared three years ago after he went outside to smoke a cigarette.

Sidney Inman, 79, had a history of health problems, including dementia, which led him to stay at an assisted living home on Hawkwood Lane in north Nashville.

Metro Detective Kevin Akin said Inman liked to take walks and short trips, sometimes leaving the facility on his own.

Det. Akin said Inman once took a cab to Woodbury, where his son lives.  His son, Burt, wasn't home at the time, so Inman got a room at the Cannon Inn in town.

Inman would always return home, Det. Akin added, but that wasn't the case on May 30, 2011.

"He walked outside to smoke a cigarette on the back patio and basically never returned," the detective said.

Akin was assigned the case last June.

He said he doesn't suspect foul play.  He added that it's possible he's alive and confused living as a homeless man.  However, Det. Akin truly believes he passed away somewhere.

He's hoping this story generates new leads.

"I thought it would just be a good opportunity to get it back out there and maybe it can jog somebody's memory," Det. Akin explained.

Inman is described as five feet, two inches tall weighing around 180 pounds with gray hair and no teeth.

He was known to visit Walmart stores, tobacco stores and the Union Rescue Mission.

His son, Burt, told News 2 he also believes his father has likely passed away, but he wants to know what happened and is looking for closure.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Detective Akin at 615-862-7366 or

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